Fox Sets Release For <i>Planet Of The Apes</i> Prequel

Fox has announced a June 24, 2011, release date for Rise of the Apes, a prequel to Tim Burton's 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes.

That news in and of itself probably isn't going to make you do backflips because, let's face it, Burton's movie was pretty bad. But, the studio also revealed it's enlisted Peter Jackson's visual-effects company WETA Digital to render "photo-realistic apes" using some of the technology developed for Avatar. That's right, no actors in monkey suits!

Okay, so that may not inspire feats of gymnastics, either.

Rise of the Apes is still labeled as a tentative title -- it was called Caesar at one point -- for what Fox describes as "an origin story in the truest sense of the term": "Set in present day San Francisco, the film is a reality-based cautionary tale, a science fiction/science fact blend, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy."

Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist) is directing from a screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, who are producing along with Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark for Fox.

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